Evanston health officials reported 17 new COVID-19 cases today, down from 18 yesterday. The city’s death toll remained unchanged today at 100.

Statewide there were 6,642 new cases today, compared to 4,776 yesterday, for a new total of 1,040,168.

The state today reported that a total of 353,791 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday and 0.57% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

State Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike received her first coronavirus vaccination today.

“I waited to let my physician colleagues and other health care personnel receive the vaccine first because they have a higher risk than me of being exposed to COVID-19,” Ezike said in a statement. “But I want to show people, and not just tell them, that I trust this vaccine and I want them to have confidence in the vaccine so they will get vaccinated when they are eligible.

“I am taking this vaccine for my husband who gave me the scare of my life when he collapsed at the dinner table in front of me and our children in May. After being rushed to the hospital and learning of his diagnosis, it became intensely personal to never forget that this virus preys on people with pre-existing medical conditions. I am getting vaccinated for my children who have struggled like many of us.”

The state reported 116 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 53 yesterday, for a new total of 17,743.

The state reported 93,491 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 66,697 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 1,189 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,123 yesterday. The IDPH found 10 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.8%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,418 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 3,352 cases.

Chicago reported 1,287 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 219,302 and eight new deaths, for a total of 4,369.

Suburban Cook county reported 1,401 new cases today for a total of 202,857 and 13 more deaths for a total of 3,973.

The IDPH reported that the deaths in Cook County included a man in his 40s, a woman in her 50s, one woman and fove men in their 60s, three women and three men in their 70s, two women and fourn men in their 80s and one woman in her 90s.

As of last night, 3,553 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 757 patients were in the ICU and 409 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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